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Hyundai dominates 2024 Nurburgring 24 Hours with a class podium finish

Three Elantra N TCRs cross the foggy line of the shortened endurance race

Who loves to watch touring cars and endurance racing? PHOTO FROM HYUNDAI

This year’s Nurburgring 24 Hours (N24) didn’t pan out the way drivers and audiences wanted it to as 17 hours of heavy fog red-flagged the entire race, with the participants finishing behind the safety car. Regardless, it was still a win for Hyundai as its teams with three drivers each crossed the finish line on the podium for the TCR class.

The Ring regulars greeting the fresh team. PHOTOS FROM HYUNDAI

Three Elantra N TCRs were in the hands of drivers from various touring car series on three continents. The new third team was #832 Team China, consisting of current TCR China entrants Hongwei Cao, Andy Yan Cheuk Wai, Rainey He Xiaole, and Zhang Zhendong. They finished the race in P3.

Meanwhile, #830 Team Europe retained the original driver lineup since 2022 with locals Manuel Lauck and Marc Basseng, and 2022 WTCR champion Mikel Azcona. The team clinched the class lead, but a driveshaft change led to a P2 result.

Despite the controversial circumstances, the North American drivers earned that win. PHOTOS FROM HYUNDAI

After a stellar debut in last year’s N24, #831 Team Americas took the top step in the TCR class before the heavy fog dictated the results.

Mason Filippi and Harry Gottsacker returned to the Ring for the second time, while Bryson Morris and Mark Wilkins were newcomers to the Green Hell—all of whom race for Bryan Herta Autosport in the Michelin Pilot Challenge.

“Mason, Harry, Bryson, and Mark of Team Americas in the #831 car had a very consistent race, which was the key to their success in the end,” said Hyundai Motorsport project manager Julien Moncet. “And we know they could also be quick after Bryson took pole position from qualifying.”

Would it be cool to see the i30 in our market? PHOTOS FROM HYUNDAI

Aside from the TCR teams, Hyundai also entered the VT2 class with an i30 N Fastback cup car in the hands of Marcus Willhardt, Michael Bohrer, Gyumin Kim, and Jens Dralle. The #486 Hyundai Driving Experience car had an impressive stint that brought the smaller team to a P2 finish.

“It is unfortunate that after many months of preparation, including car preparation specifically for this event, that the race was stopped due to weather conditions,” Moncet added. “It is something that we can’t control, but nevertheless, we have achieved a historical 1-2-3 in the TCR class. Our drivers stayed out of the many incidents on track, and showed again that Hyundai Motorsport cars can compete at the highest levels and on such a demanding track as the Green Hell.”

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